Ola Medanat is the designer of our newest piece, the Hajar Ring. She is from Jordan and pursued her bachelors degree in architecture at University of Waterloo and later at Jordan University. She started her own jewelry line in 2012. Let’s get to know her a bit more!
What was your inspiration for the Hajar ring?
Hajar literally means stone, or rock. And this was the inspiration. As an architect, this represents a foundation or building block to all creations, and therefore it is the base for everything else.
How would you describe your personal style?
Simplicity is key in my personal style, and is reflected in my jewelry as well. I always add something that pops, just to add a bit of fun to the outfit.
What fuelled your interest for jewelry design?
It was a creative outlet to be honest. I don’t wear jewelry or barely used to at least, and it’s because I never found a piece that I truly loved. So I decided to create jewelry that I would actually love to wear.
Where do you find your jewelry design inspiration?
In everything, literally. Whether it’s a shape I think of or other jewelry that I see, a painting, objects, buildings. Everything and anything.
Describe a day in the life of Ola.
I have my architecture job during the day, and my jewelry design in the afternoon. They overlap sometimes which is ok. I chill most evenings in front of the TV and try to leave the house after that to catch up with a few friends.
If you could travel anywhere in the world with one other person, where would you go and who would you go with?
I don’t like traveling with one person, it has to be a bunch of friends. I always prefer cities rather than beaches, so I guess I’d choose something like Prague, I hear it’s beautiful.
What is one thing you cannot leave the house without?
My phone. It’s my life, my computer, my connection to the world.